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A look at which picks the Blackhawks own in the 2017 NHL Draft

A look at which picks the Blackhawks own in the 2017 NHL Draft

The NHL officially released the full order of the 2017 NHL Draft that will take place in Chicago from June 23-24, and the Blackhawks are among the top with 10 picks.

Of course, it's not set in stone as the order — and amount of selections each team has — is likely to change between now and next weekend as general managers prepare for the expansion draft. The New Jersey Devils own the No. 1 overall pick, and are likely to take either center Nolan Patrick or forward Nico Hischier.

It will be interesting to see whether the Blackhawks will look to move up into the first round, where they own the 26th pick, and whether they will look to trade back in the later rounds to collect more in front of their hometown fans.

Until then, here's an early look at where the Blackhawks will pick in each round, as of Thursday:

Round 1: 26th overall

Round 2: 57th overall

Round 3: 90th overall (from Ottawa, via Carolina)

Round 4: 119th overall

Round 5: 135th overall (from Carolina); 144th overall (from St. Louis); 150th overall

Round 6: 170th overall (from N.Y. Islanders); 181th overall

Round 7: 215th overall (from Anaheim)

2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks-Golden Knights full first-round schedule

2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks-Golden Knights full first-round schedule

The Blackhawks will open the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. CT. You can catch the action on NBC Sports Chicago, starting with Pregame Live at 9 p.m.

The Blackhawks are 1-6-2 all-time against the Golden Knights, who won two of the three matchups this season. The two teams will square off in a best-of-seven series after the Blackhawks eliminated the Edmonton Oilers in four games of the qualifying round to secure the No. 8 seed while the Golden Knights won all three round-robin games to lock up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Check out the full first-round schedule below:

Game 1: Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 9:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Chicago and live stream on MyTeams app)
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Chicago and live stream on MyTeams app)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. (NBC)
Game 4: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Chicago and live stream on MyTeams app)
*Game 5: Tuesday, Aug. 18: TBD (NBC Sports Chicago and live stream on MyTeams app)
*Game 6: Thursday, Aug. 20: TBD (NBC Sports Chicago and live stream on MyTeams app)
*Game 7: Saturday, Aug. 22: TBD (NBC Sports Chicago and live stream on MyTeams app)
*If necessary

As the lower seed, the Blackhawks are slated to be the home team for Games 3, 4 and 6. As the higher seed, the Golden Knights will be the home team for Games 1, 2, 5 and 7.

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Golden Knights All-Star Max Pacioretty expected to return for Game 1 vs. Blackhawks

Golden Knights All-Star Max Pacioretty expected to return for Game 1 vs. Blackhawks

The Vegas Golden Knights are expected to get a major boost going into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After suffering a minor injury during Phase 3 of formal training camps that forced him to miss all three round-robin games, Max Pacioretty is "in the bubble" of Edmonton and should be ready to go for Game 1 of the first round against the Blackhawks. He completed his mandatory quarantine and will practice with the team on Monday, head coach Pete DeBoer said.

A six-time 30-goal scorer, Pacioretty led the Golden Knights in the regular season with 32 goals and 66 points. He participated in the NHL All-Star Game in January for the first time in his career and was the lone representative for Vegas.

Expect Pacioretty to play on the first line with Mark Stone. When the two of them were on the ice together at even strength this season, the Golden Knights controlled 60.6 percent of the shot attempts, 64.8 percent of the scoring chances and had a goal differential of plus-18, according to Natural Stat Trick.

The Golden Knights were already a deep team. And they just got even more dangerous with the return of Pacioretty.

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